‘Would Have Hit Him’- Martina Navratilova Blasted Venus and Serena Williams’ Father Over His Weird Antics in the Player Box

Published 06/22/2022, 8:50 AM EDT
LONDON – JULY 02: Richard Williams, father and coach of Serena Williams, show his emotion during her Women’s Singles fourth round match between Serena Williams of USA and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

We have seen bold Martina Navratilova expressing her point of view without any restriction whenever she wants to do it. She had expressed her discontent towards the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams, on his overbearing presence over his daughters as well as on the court.

The tennis legend did not restrict herself even when she was active on the court and expressed her opinions freely.


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Martina Navratilova gets enraged by the conduct of the father of Venus and Serena Williams

Martina Navratilova had vehemently discouraged the conduct of Richard Williams on the court. Though she had clearly conveyed her liking for both the sisters and their growth on  She had discouraged his extravagant display of celebration when Venus Williams had won against Lindsay Davenport at the US Open.

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She made some strong comments in disapproval of that. Navratilova said while smiling, “If Richard Williams had danced in front of me after I lost to one of his daughters in a match, I probably would have hit him.” She further added, condemning his actions, “What he did at the U.S. Open was absolutely horrible. It has no place in sports or in tennis.”

Calming down of the Williams sisters’ father is a must as per Navratilova

She acknowledged the contribution that the father has made in forming the glorious careers of his daughters. However, she believed, he needs to pacify his presence now and let his daughters be on their own.


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Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

She acknowledged that there have been other cases too, where the fathers have over-participated. She said, “It’s difficult for the daughters to control their father.” In the end, she provided advice to Richard Williams, acknowledging his contribution. She said, “He did a great job with both girls bringing them to the level they are at right now, but he needs to put a lid on it.”


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Richard Williams has trained Venus and Serena Williams in the initial days. Even after that, he stayed with them and oversaw their matches, and guided them throughout their careers.

They both have turned out to be former world no. 1 players. Venus Williams is a seven-time grand slam champion. Moreover, Serena Williams would be participating in the Wimbledon 2022 after a hiatus to increase her count of grand slams to 24.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.